Automobili Pininfarina has sent shockwaves through automotive industry as details of its electric hypercar, the Battista are revealed. According to the company, the aim is to produce the world’s first fully-electric luxury hypercar.
Named after Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, the founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company (started in 1930), the all-electric hypercar will be designed and hand-built in limited numbers under the watchful eye of Paulo Pininfarina, Battista’s grandson and current Pininfarina SpA Chairman.
The devil however is in the detail, the Battista will have a power and torque output equating to 1,900 bhp and 2,300 Nm respectively. This means breath-taking acceleration, zero to 62mph in less than two seconds – that’s quicker than the current crop of Formula One cars. That’s not all, the electric hypercar will have a potential range of 300 miles which should suit the needs of the majority of buyers.
Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman, Pininfarina SpA, said: “This is genuinely a dream come true. My grandfather always had the vision that one day there would be a stand-alone range of Pininfarina-branded cars. This hypercar will boast world-beating performance, technological innovation and of course elegant styling. For me, we simply had to call it Battista. His dream becomes reality today as we link our glorious past with the future of motoring.”
The Battista will be a highly sought-after car with Automobili Pininfarina claiming that only 150 models of the car will be produced worldwide. With only 50 allocated to Europe, the car is unlikely to be gracing the streets of Manchester any time soon. Available from late 2020, price is estimated between US$2m and US$2.5m.
In other news…
Formula E Season Five Kicks Off This Weekend
Staying with the electric theme, season five of Formula E blasts into action this weekend.
With 11 teams and 22 drivers entered, it promises to one of the most action-packed seasons to date. Global manufacturers are flocking to the Formula E grid. BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Nissan will all have challengers vying to win the title.
High profile drivers are making the switch too. Former Ferrari and Williams driver, Felipe Massa has swapped the F1 paddock for Formula E as has former McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Other well-known former F1 drivers include Nick Heidfeld and Jean-Eric Vergne, current reigning champion.
This season’s cars are sleeker, prettier and have a top speed of 180mph (up from last season’s top speed of 140mph) – and there have been new technological developments too.
‘Attack Mode’ should be the most interesting development. Providing the cars with temporary speed boosts – this should improve overtaking and make the races even more exciting.
New cars, drivers, higher top speeds and the all-new ‘Attack Mode’, there promises to be plenty of action-packed races ahead.
The opening race comes from Riyadh, Saudi Arabi. The event will be filmed as a live production for the BBC Sport website, Red Button and Connected TVs from 12:00 GMT on Saturday 15th December 2018.